MONTREAL -- Call it McDavid vs. Eichel, NCAA vs. CHL, or whatever you want, but it just doesn't get any bigger than Canada vs. the United States for the top spot in Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship at the Bell Centre on New Year's Eve. That is, unless the Americans and their acquaintances from the north meet again with a Gold Medal on the line in Toronto.
As expected Thatcher Demko will start in net for the Americans while he'll be opposed at the other end by Eric Comrie, who Team Canada announced as its starter on Tuesday.
Here's the lineups for the U.S. and Canada in this pivotal 4 p.m. matchup on the NHL Network across the United States and on TSN in Canada.
14 Tyler Motte - 9 Jack Eichel - 17 Alex Tuch
11 Miles Wood - 34 Auston Matthews - 8 Nick Schmaltz
13 Sonny Milano - 21 Dylan Larkin - 22 Hudson Fasching
10 Anthony Louis - 7 J.T. Compher - 15 John Hayden
18 Chase De Leo
4 Will Butcher - 26 Brandon Carlo
2 Noah Hanifin - 3 Ian McCoshen
23 Zach Werenski - 24 Anthony DeAngelo
6 Ryan Collins
30 Thatcher Demko - 29 Brandon Halverson
16 Max Domi - 23 Sam Reinhart - 10 Anthony Duclair
21 Nick Ritchie - 17 Connor McDavid - 26 Curtis Lazar
20 Nick Paul - 19 Nic Petan - 29 Robby Fabbri
28 Lawson Crouse - 22 Frederik Gauthier - 18 Jake Virtanen
9 Brayden Point
25 Darnell Nurse - 6 Shea Theodore
7 Josh Morrissey - 4 Madison Bowey
5 Samuel Morin - 2 Joe Hicketts
3 Dylan Heatherington
1 Eric Comrie - 31 Zachary Fucale
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